GREGORY AND THE GRIMBOCKLE by Melanie  Schubert
Released: Nov. 9, 2017

"A beautifully realized daydream; a fun yet thoughtful exploration of the complexities and possibilities hidden beneath surface appearances."
In this debut middle-grade novel, a lonely boy finds friendship and learns about the magic of human connection. Read full book review >
THE HEATH COUSINS AND THE MOONSTONE CAVE by Eileen  Hobbs
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A quick and enjoyable sortie into the world of preteen family friendships and escapades."
Four children find enchantment while exploring a seaside cave in this debut middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

THE SLEEPING KING by Laurel  Colless
Released: Oct. 25, 2017

"A fantasy tale featuring delightful characters that primes readers for an ongoing series."
In Colless' middle-grade debut, a young boy may be a prophesied king who, according to legend, will save the world when it needs him most. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Inspiring and hopeful if not easy. (author's note, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The long and troubled history of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and its place in three of the major religions of the world is told in all its complicated glory. Read full book review >
APOLLO DREAMS by Syd Gilmore
Released: Oct. 22, 2017

"Not just an engaging coming-of-age adventure, but also a lovingly rendered period piece."
This debut YA novel explores the changing relationship between an outer-space-obsessed boy and his moody older brother. Read full book review >

THE HOUSE AT 758 by Kathryn Berla
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A moving, mysterious coming-of-age story."
A debut YA novel that grapples with a slew of difficult issues, including grief, stepfamilies, loneliness and first love. Read full book review >
MONA LISA'S GHOST by Nancy Kunhardt Lodge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"An imaginative, warmhearted, and often enjoyable tale of dangerous escapades."
In Lodge's (The Crystal Navigator, 2014) latest middle-grade series installment, sixth-graders use high-tech wizardry to investigate a mysterious anomaly within a famous painting. Read full book review >
VENOM WARS OF THE DESERT REALM by Michael C.  Baumann
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 2017

"An action-packed animal tale with three-dimensional characters, dynamic plotting, and a satisfying, suspenseful struggle between good and evil."
Three hares and their allies must stop venomous creatures bent on conquest in this debut middle-grade fantasy adventure. Read full book review >
THE DOG AT THE GATE by Sunny  Weber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2017

"Movingly conveys a resonant message of empathy for mistreated and abandoned animals."
In this middle-grade novel, an Australian shepherd poignantly relates his mistreatment as a puppy, the love and companionship he finds with a caring owner and other rescued animals, and his life's surprising last chapter. Read full book review >
NINTH GRADE BLUES by Bruce Ingram
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"An author deftly mines his own experiences as a teacher to create diverse and relatable characters facing their first year in high school."
Four ninth-graders navigate demanding teachers, family conflicts, and new relationships in a debut novel for young teens. Read full book review >
IN THE BELLY OF THE EARTH by Robert L. Fuller
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A taut survival story that digs deep into the part of the imagination where the subterranean meets the sublime."
Darkness, loneliness, and unseen danger lurk in an underground cave where a lost young boy waits to be rescued in this debut children's novel. Read full book review >
ALEX VEGA AND THE ORACLE OF THE MAYANS by D.J.  Burchell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 26, 2017

"A clever series opener that draws from the myths and pantheons of numerous ancient cultures."
This debut middle-grade adventure sees a group of kids train to prevent an alien invasion of Earth. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >